Halle Berry for InStyle Magazine

Posted on October 17, 2012

As a public service announcement, and to give you all something to throw darts at today, we would like to remind the world that Halle Berry is a mere 4 years away from her 50th birthday.


Halle Berry covers the November 2012 issue of InStyle magazine photographed by Giampaolo Sgura in a Calvin Klein dress. Earrings by Adohr Jewelry. Cuff by Jack Vartanian.

On her short hair: “I think I am at my best when my hair is short. It’s easier to take care of and more of who I am. Women are conditioned to think we need long hair. I see that happening with my daughter. She is so in love with her hair right now. She says, ‘Look, Mommy—it’s so long!” As women, we think it defines us, and we learn that at a young age.”

On what she’s learned throughout her career and with age: “Throughout my career I have been talked out of things I wanted to do, and when I look back I think, I should have followed my instincts. I relied on others to guide me because I thought they knew better. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned to trust myself. Don’t stress about your age or fight it. Appreciate the young women who look like you once did, but don’t strive to be like them. You’re moving into a new phase of your life—embrace it. That’s what I hope to do.”

Hervé Léger by Max Azria swimsuit. Calvin Klein Collection leather pants. Azzedine Alaïa gloves. Manolo Blahnik suede pumps.



If she’s had work done – which, let’s face it, is almost a given; we don’t care how much black don’t crack, no one at that age has the perfectly taut jawline of a 25-year-old without some help – that is some masterful work. It helps that she’s as fit as a gal half her age and she’s got amazing skin.



[Photo Credit: Giampaolo Sgura]

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  • http://twitter.com/PhDKnitter marlie

    She’s GORGEOUS. If she’s had work done (I’m not convinced that she has), they fortunately didn’t cross over into perpetually-surprised territory. 

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Well, at least she’s right about looking her best with short hair. I’m always envious of women who do.

  • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

    I swear this woman has a painting hidden in her attic, that looks like SHIT.  Girl simply does not age.

    • kategs

      Exactly what I was going to say!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=695273578 Julie A. Arms

    I am sooooo envious!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10910518 Erica Woods Tucker

    Black don’t crack…HILARIOUS. I agree. Even if she has those hooks that pull up around your ears…very well done.

  • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

    Those leather pants were not meant to be sat down in. Shame, because they distract from the beautiful woman!

  • charlotte

    Now that you mentioned her age: I imagined the hot mom character in “The Art of Fielding” to look like her and thought for a moment that she’d be too young to play her. Then I went “Wait, she isn’t…”. So yeah, the woman is fierce.

  • MilaXX

    She is insanely gorgeous.

  • http://twitter.com/phd_tv Heather Barkman

    I love that the cover just says “Halle Berry!” No details of what she talks about, just an exclamation mark. 

    She looks stunning.

  • http://twitter.com/Menshevixen Diana

    Right on about short hair! /biased short-haired lady

    She is just outstandingly beautiful.

  • kat89

    She’s one of the few women who really can pull off short hair. She actually looks better with is short. 

    • Sobaika

      She really does – I don’t think it suits many people because it highlights the face so much. But when that’s the face you got… Her longer hair would always drown out her beauty IMO.

      • Billie_Dawn

        I’ve always liked her better with short hair because it makes her stand out. Of course she’s gorgeous with long hair–she’s Halle Berry, she’s always gorgeous. But you don’t see her kind of short hair on a lot of women, particularly glamorous actresses. It adds a “WOW” factor that isn’t always there with the actresses with long, flowing locks.

    • Jacqueline Wessel

      Yes, I always thought so. She has such a beautiful neck shoulders,and decolleté that her long hair always seemed to hide.

  • l_c_ann

    Can we attribute any of this to photographic manipulation? 


    • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

       Sure, but that’s pretty much exactly what she looks like in candid shots.

      • allyc

        Didn’t one of the Fug Girls see her in the grocery looking at cake mixes? They could confirm for sure :)

    • Lola67

       I saw a ‘woman on the street’ photo the other day and she looked stunning. Probably more so because you realize she didn’t have a team of people making her up and she was so natural, relaxed and completely beautiful.

  • http://twitter.com/LianaBrooks Liana Brooks

    I want to be her when I grow up. Can I get a gene retrofit?

  • Sobaika

    It must be really easy to embrace your looks and aging if you look like Halle Berry.

    *sigh* Oh well. This will inspire me to have greens for lunch today, at least.

    • littlemac8

      I think it’s harder to age if you are someone who has been valued for your looks all your life.  I agree she is stunningly beautiful now and doesn’t appear to have aged.  To be a great beauty becomes part of your identity and it will be hard to see that change, hence so many older women made to look foolish by too much plastic surgery.

      • Sobaika

        I agree that a lot of baggage comes with being valued solely for one’s looks and it must lead to many issues when looks fade – but that’s just it, Halle Berry’s looks aren’t fading. At all.

  • Eva_baby

    I think aside from how pretty she is, she just looks glowingly healthy.  Her skin just looks luminous.  I think that goes a long, long way to making someone look attractive.  I imagine that she’s careful with diet because of managing her diabetes.  But really, It totally shows.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3JSTXMWWVZN2QNP2UEKJMTWD7U Isabel

      Cloud Atlas is about to be released. She plays many characters. It’s a chance to see how she looks with different hair styles.

  • gabbilevy

    “Bitch.” << EXACTLY my thoughts, and I *am* a woman half her age! 

  • carpediva

    As a sister, I’ve never in my life been beaten to the punch on favorite expression in these situations, “black don’t crack,” and was already giddily anticipating its use in my comment!

    A WHOLE NEW LEVEL of respect must be paid.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/OF5UVSD5VFKMO2HHHRPMWZSEBY Deb

      Co-sign from your fellow sister 😉

    • kimmeister

      Just curious, is it somehow funnier when non-black people use that expression?  Just last week, I (an Asian woman) was instant messaging with a black male coworker, and somehow we got to talking about our onsite fitness instructor.  He is around 50 but could easily pass for 35, so I remarked that “black don’t crack.”  My coworker laughed his head off and said he completely wasn’t expecting to hear that from me.

      • carpediva

        Well TLo are the first non-black folks I’ve ever heard say it before, so this is a new reality for me! But I think it’s not so much funnier per se, but like your co-worker said, just way more surprising!

        • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

           One time, we think it was when we were writing about Laura Bennett’s collection, we wrote the phrase, “We fell out, child,” and got a TON of hysterical responses from black ladies laughing and commending us for sounding just like their aunts and grandmothers.

          Then we read a semi-famous essay entitled “Gay Men, You Are NOT Sassy Black Women,” which kind of embarrassed us for being such a cliche.

          • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

             One of the things I love about the internet though, is that  I can read you writing “like Miss Celie fanning herself in church” and I hear it in a sassy black woman’s voice. It just wouldn’t work so well if I heard you say it in your actual voices.

          • http://profiles.google.com/dorothymichael Dorothy & Michael n/a

             If I were you, I’d give more credence to the responses you had from all the black ladies and not give a whit about the essay.  You have nothing to be embarrassed about I promise you!

          • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

            It’s not that; it’s more the idea that gay men sometimes treat black women like cartoon characters. We love a good neck roll every now and then, but some of our gay, white brothers take it dangerously close to something approaching racism.

          • carpediva

            Annnnnd hunting down that essay, which sounds hilarious.

            Though now that you mention it, I also smile whenever you guys mention that someone “got her hair did”!

          • http://heartprintandstyle.blogspot.com Vivi N

            Um…can you guide me to the semi-famous essay entitled “Gay Men, You Are NOT Sassy Black Women”? 

            Please and thank you.

          • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

             I wish I could, but I probably don’t remember the title correctly. It was SOMETHING like that. I remember it being passed around the internet quite a bit among my kind like 7 or 8 years ago.

          • http://heartprintandstyle.blogspot.com Vivi N

            Thanks! It’s okay. I’ll just Google search my ass off.

          • http://twitter.com/jaythenerdkid Aaminah Khan

            If you find it, let us know! I really want to read it too.

        • Judih1

          My sentiments exactly! I was plesantly surprised that TLO used this term. Just another example of how extremely knowledgeable they are on a range of subjects.

          So many times when people are “pop culture” experts they mean “mainstream pop culture” – not the case with TLO. No wonder they are such a popular blog with people of all races and ages.

          TLO – do you have any idea what the demographics are of your readers?

  • nannypoo

    Beautiful. She has the best short hair. I’m so tired of those pixies on everyone else, but her hair is a perfect frame for her beautiful face.

  • crash1212

    My best friend’s mother is in her 70’s – hasn’t had ANY “work done” and her jawline is just as taut and skin just as smooth as a 20 year olds. I must say ‘black don’t crack’ isn’t one of my favorite bromides, but it can be absolutely true. Also, one phrase I truly hate is “work done” – seems so condescending…but that what we do here! 

  • http://twitter.com/watchinginkdry Krysta

    She’s so fierce that those hilariously bad pants are not the first thing you notice.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/QK3MTAHUVJCMI7DANY6WFCAIUM n a

    she doesn’t seem to have had any extra puffy days (like before the fillers have settled down) and let’s face it, this is a photoshoot, she has the benefit of angles, lighting, photoshop…  not to say she doesn’t look A-mazing in the red carpet pics, but I’m really not sure she has had work done- she might be that lucky…

  • GorgeousThings

    I love her, and I honestly don’t care if she’s had work done. I just want the phone number of her plastic surgeon, because at 5 years older than she is, I look great, except I have the jawline of a middle aged woman and I want my taut chin back!

    PS – love the short hair, and I have kept mine short since it grew back in. I have found that I need to keep my brows shaped perfectly, though, and I look way better with makeup on than without.

  • Anathema_Device

    She looks fantastic. Agree with her on the hair. I tried to grow mine for a few years and finally gave up & cut it all off again. I had a similar feeling of looking like myself again.

    As for any possible surgical work:I saw a photo of her recently, and I scrutinized it. I rarely do that, but I’m only 2 years older than her and had to figure that shit out. My opinion is that she has def had some cheek filler work done, at the very least. In some pics she can look a little marionette-ish. But otherwise, whatever she’s had done or is doing health wise is working ridiculously well.

  • neofashionista

    Absolutely gorgeous
    if she has had work she has had just enough work becuase you really cant tell

  • http://twitter.com/MissTanya Tanya Edwards

    I really want to know who her doctor is. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1401197785 Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    Wow. I’m always flabbergasted at how incredibly beautiful she is. And she’s absolutely right; that’s the perfect cut for her.

  • filmcricket

    I’ve seen her in person, and except for the fact that her waist has obviously been slimmed a bit in the 2nd photo, this is exactly what she looks like. If she’s had work done, it’s invisible. It’s just so stupidly unfair.

  • julnyes

    She is just play gorgeous and if there has been work done (which I doubt) it was executed masterfully. So masterfully that I wouldn’t actually believe it unless she confirmed it herself.

  • EEKstl

    Embracing ones age is definitely easier if you look and age like Halle Berry, but of course she’s right.  If I had her face I’d wear my hair short too – it suits her so well.  The woman is just flippin’ gorgeous.

  • B_C_J

    Ms. Berry understands one key concept to beauty – find what works for you and be true to it.  Short hair makes her more beautiful if that is possible. Furthermore, on lesser mortals the black ensemble would look ridiculous. She transforms it and elevates it.  Of course, this is said recognizing that the photo is editorial.  If she appeared on the red carpet wearing the same clothes we might not be so supportive.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000060490093 Anita Freiler Palmer

    My co-worker was once her military escort at a function. He said she is insanely beautiful in real life and was very nice to him. 

  • Little_Olive

    Hm. It’s kind of boring that this could be a photo from 15 years ago and we wouldn’t know. She looks young but she also looks… the same.  

    And the “women are conditioned to think they should have long hair” is pushing  it a bit, no?  I mean yes, we are conditioned to think we should be young, pretty, good mothers, professional and all that crap we have talked about here, but c’mon, you are not a feminist rebel for carrying a short ‘do. In that case, I’ll go with Mia Farrow.  

    • lbl

      I don’t know about all women, but there are definitely a lot of black women who were raised believing they should have long hair. And actually I’ve seen a lot of discussion about men favoring long hair on women and averse reactions to women who cut their hair short. 

      So, I generally appreciate a women who chooses to keep her hair short or is willing to chop at the drop of the hat because it’s just hair.

      • Judih1

        A while ago there was some tv show “Felecity” or something like that or maybe that was the name of the actress. Anyway when she cut her long locks into a short pixie cut the ratings of the show went down – and the media pundits said it was because of the hair cut that men stopped liking the character.

        Something about she no longer looked sexy with short hair. I remember this because I thought it was ludicrous

        • lbl

          I remember that happening and what a big deal it was. Crazy.

          To be honest, I hated that haircut and found it distracting in pictures (never watched the show). But still, the way people feel about hair sometimes is strange. I’ve had to condition myself out of a lot of thoughts.

    • http://twitter.com/omg_dora Dora K.

      Heh. That and, with the whole world raving about how good she looks with short hair, and it being her “thing” for many years now, it’s not exactly a brave choice on her part.

    • pop_top

      Well, I can’t speak for everyone, but growing up as a Black girl there was an overwhelming fixation on having blatantly long, straight hair, whether via pressing, relaxing or weave. Not everyone was influenced by it, especially people who never had problems with their hair growing quickly or who had a naturally looser curl pattern, but it was there. Even now, it can be a big deal when someone chooses to cut their hair or wear it short (seriously, go on some black hair care forums), mostly because there are some women who cannot ever imagine doing that since their hair is so intimately tied to their appearance/self-confidence and also because of an illogical fear that it won’t grow back (or will take forever to). It’s not necessarily about rebellion.

      For a very long time, I remember thinking that my hair was directly linked with how pretty I was, and I wasn’t alone in that mindset. And I can admit that we had too much of a focus on our hair, but it took getting out of that environment (and encountering a hairdresser who was woefully unaware of the difference between a trim and cut) to really see how obsessed we were.

      Again, I can’t speak for everyone, but her comment rang true, given my perspective.

    • formerlyAnon

       I think hair is an even bigger issue for black women than for the rest of us, so I can see why she has it on her mind if she has a daughter.  And [**sweeping generality based on anecdotal evidence alert**] I can attest from the men of my family, friendship and acquaintance that [straight] white men, at least, tend to be irrationally in favor of long hair on women.

      • altalinda

        Yes, unfortunately my own brother is one of those men.

  • Beardslee

    I think a lot of people in Hollywood are attractive people who are done up to look great.  Halle Berry is truly beautiful.

  • http://profiles.google.com/thehilariest The Hilariest

    She’s my age, dammit. I’ll have whatever the hell it is she’s having. And make it a double!

  • Rebecca Jay

    I think she must sleep in a Tupperware container.

    • boweryboy

      Nice Eerie, Indiania reference.

  • notanotherusernameforchrissake

    agree with everything except that that jawline may have been worked on – I’m 48 and everything else needs work, but for some reason I still have the same chin and neck I had at 30 – moisturize, moisturize, moisturize, and good chin genes.

  • BrooklynBomber

    I think she’s my…… damn, what do you call it? What you guys say about Gabrielle Union. She’s that for me.

    • TDSE

       Fence-jumper :-)

      Anne Hathaway is mine

      • BrooklynBomber

        Oh, thank you. Geez, I just couldn’t get my brain working. All I could think was “shark jumper,” and I knew that wasn’t it! BTW, I saw your girlfriend a year or two ago, walking down the street in SoHo. Very pretty.

        • TDSE

          I doubt I could actually have sex with her, would simply be too awestruck haha.

          • BrooklynBomber

            That’s the beauty of the fence jumping fantasy–you don’t have to!

  • granddelusion

    And a tad retouched. She still looks good (I’m sure), but not 100% natural.

  • Judy_J

    She reminds me of Lena Horne, who was fabulously beautiful all her life.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jacoryd JaCory Deon

    Maybe she’s had something done to the face because how in hell does she look the same as 20 years ago?  She’s def had the nose worked on and her breasts (look it up) but don’t know about the rest.  I was always in the short hair camp on her – long hair makes her look pretty but forgettable.  Short hair and she is almost a goddess.  Anyway, werq!

  • http://twitter.com/omg_dora Dora K.

    I’ve got to admit I’m always unreasonably annoyed by the admiration she gets, because to me, she’s just this blandly attractive girl-next-door type in extremely tacky clothes. I mean, stop having different tastes than me, people! It’s rude!

    • formerlyAnon

       Made me laugh. Thanks!

  • BazoDee

    She looks so stunning. In my youth I was compared to her because we have similar hair, haircuts, body shape and skin tone mostly. But in the last decade that comparison has gone by the wayside as I am aging 100x faster than she is. She looks amazing. And yes it is easy to have the attitude about aging that she has when you look like her. 

  • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gabriella M

    I’m 24 and I don’t look this good. #pout

  • formerlyAnon

    I’m sure she takes great care of herself, and maybe some insanely good (and subtle) “work” has been done.

    But in the end, the girl’s got the genes. Nothing beats ’em when it comes to health & beauty. If only we could choose our grandparents.

  • LeifBallard

    I can’t tell if I love or hate those gloves?

  • PeaceBang

    She’s a stunner. Too bad her career went in the crapper. I lol’d at the quote about making wiser choices with age. 

  • http://twitter.com/Goldielox73 Goldie

    That second picture is a better Catwoman outfit than what she actually wore in the movie.  

  • littlemissstrange

    “Don’t stress about your age or fight it.
    Appreciate the young women who look like you once did, but don’t strive
    to be like them. You’re moving into a new phase of your life—embrace it.
    That’s what I hope to do.”

    LYING ASS BITCH. Though I’m not too jealous of the pics because you can be sure they photoshopped that shit. You can photoshop anybody and make them look like a mannequin. Ain’t nothin to be jealous of.

  • Mary229

    I’m reaching a point where I’m just so over obsessing over the age of these female celebrities.  Yes, she looks incredibly young.  But even if she didn’t?  She would still be stunning.  Rarely do we feel like we have to qualify the sexiness of George Clooney or Pitt or any male actor over 40 or pushing 50.  But with women it’s always, “she looks amazing FOR HER AGE.”  I just want to celebrate this woman’s beauty Period.  46. 36. 26.  She’s a stunning woman.

  • Corazon Nunez

    I can’t get away with short hair, so I opt for the super-long. love ’em both!

  • Trisha26

    I don’t care how old she is, what she looks like or what she wears, she’s a dreadful actress. There. I feel better.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F73LIJ3SJGI5AJQMXMWXCKILHI Pamela

    Easy to advise others to not fight aging and whatever when you look like this.  Ah, genetics!  You are my nemesis!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5UQHEKG5EDX4T6NMARUC565TPQ Amy

    She was probably a saint in a former life. I mean really…who gets that lucky? And then who gets lucky enough to not have botched surgery and still look like they did when they were 25?

  • guest2visits

    The black ensemble looks wonderful; usually it’s the same old thing with Halle, short-tight-black.  It’s still black, but it’s interesting.

  • JasmineAM

    Sigh, she’s old enough to be my mother, and she looks like this. BITCH.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    That woman is two weeks older than me.  I just can’t.

  • http://howtofaint.tumblr.com/ How to Faint

    “Appreciate the young women who look like you once did,” said the woman who looks preternaturally 30. 

  • glennethph

    I’d like her more if she wasn’t batshit crazy.

  • Cathy S

    I usually skip the Fashion Spread posts because, you know artificially posed celebrities, but she’s so incredibly gorgeous I needed to look at her and sigh. A lot. 

  • Candigirl1968

    Starting P90X tomorrow……

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/55YPC3HCOPINXJVRKIQUO4VSFI Gordons

    Where can I buy those leather pants????????????